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From: The Catholic Diocese of Spokane
March 8, 2006
The Diocese of Spokane today announced that an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor has been received against Bishop William S. Skylstad as part of the proof of claim filing process in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. The alleged abuse occurred in the early 1960s.
Bishop Skylstad categorically denies the accusation. “I have kept the promise of celibacy that I made when I was ordained a deacon 47 years ago,” he said. “I hope that the
The internal protocols of the diocese regarding reports of sexual abuse are being followed. The Diocesan Review Board has been advised of the report. The Vatican Nuncio in
Because of the potential emotional fragility of individuals who have suffered sexual abuse, the Bankruptcy Court has ordered that strict protocols of confidentiality be observed by all parties. Therefore, there will be no further comment at this time.
Besides his role as Bishop of the Catholic Church in
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